Thank you Berkley for including me in the blog tour for Sadie on a Plate!
Just when Sadie thinks her culinary career is over, she gets a lucky break on her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme. On the plane to New York, Sadie has sizzling chemistry with her seatmate, Luke… who she cannot contact for 6 weeks due to filming.
A chef’s journey to success leads to discovering the perfect recipe for love in this delicious romantic comedy.
Sadie is a rising star in the trendy Seattle restaurant scene. Her dream is to create unique, modern, and mouthwatering takes on traditional Jewish recipes. But after a public breakup with her boss, a famous chef, she is sure her career is over—until she lands a coveted spot on the next season of her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme.
On the plane to New York, Sadie has sizzling chemistry with her seatmate, Luke, but tells him that she won’t be able to contact him for the next six weeks. They prolong their time together with a spontaneous, magical dinner before parting ways. Or so she thinks. When she turns up to set the next day, she makes a shocking discovery about who Luke is….
If Sadie wants to save her career by winning Chef Supreme, she’s going to have to ignore the simmering heat between Luke and her. But how long can she do that before the pot boils over?
Sadie on a Plate is a delightful, light-hearted romance that felt like binging your favorite cooking competition. This book was a fun read that packed in some light romance, character growth, and lots of Jewish cooking.
There have been a number of romances and contemporary books that have recently been published that feature cooking shows or competitions. The first that comes to mind is Love and Other Disasters, which I did not like. Sadie on a Plate was everything I wished Love and Other Disasters was. If the setting of your book is a cooking competition, I want to follow the competition – know the dishes and the challenges – and be invested in characters’ placement in the contest. Sadie on a Plate immersed me in Chef Supreme, had me rooting for my favorite contestants, and hoping my least favorite would be eliminated.
The romance begins right from the start, which is a pleasant change of pace. However, if you want a romance-heavy book, this may not be for you. I enjoyed the fact that Sadie on a Plate had a storyline other than the romance that drove the plot. For me, it made it both more interesting and realistic.
I also appreciated that Elliot included a diverse cast of characters. The protagonist, Sadie, is Jewish and cooks Jewish cuisine which readers get to learn more about. The supporting characters span different races, gender identities, and sexual orientations without it feeling like tokenism. Even though there were a number of side characters, I felt like I had a solid grasp on who each was thanks to distinctive development of each by Elliot.
Overall, I really enjoyed Sadie on a Plate and recommend it. The sheer fun that I had while reading this book left me with a major book hangover. I look forward to seeing what Amanda Elliot writes next!
Sadie on a Plate
March 8, 2021
Note: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher, Berkley. Regardless, I always provide a fair and honest review.